President Barack Obama has once again proven that he is more concerned with protecting the feelings and reputations of Muslims, than he is about ensuring safety of Americans from the imminent threat of terrorism, by not calling a spade a spade. He urges that we refrain from labeling the fight against radical Islam with dirty descriptions such as a “religious war,” insisting that such verbiage alienates the overwhelming majority of Muslims who reject radical ideologies.
Obama instructed Americans to focus more on aligning ourselves with all the peace-loving Muslim citizens in an effort to root out their evil counterparts. Although acknowledging that extremism exists, the president believes the vast majority of Muslims oppose their tactics and that ISIS and al-Qaeda’s threat to our country has been extensively overplayed, CNN reported.
“I don’t quibble with labels. I think we all recognize that this is a particular problem that has roots in Muslim communities,” Obama said. “But I think we do ourselves a disservice in this fight if we are not taking into account the fact that the overwhelming majority of Muslims reject this ideology.”
Republicans are fed up with the constant protection of our enemies and the reality of what terrorism is. Senator Lindsey Graham appeared on Fox News earlier this month. “We are in a religious war with radical Islamists,” he insisted. “When I hear the President of the United States and his chief spokesperson failing to admit that we’re in a religious war, it really bothers me.”
Obama asserts that by talking about terrorists’ actions and the threat they pose to the U.S., we are handing them the victory card and such fearful claims are over inflated anyway. He carries on white-washing the issue saying that terror groups are not an “existential threat to the United States or the world order.”
“The truth of the matter is that they can do harm. But we have the capacity to control how we respond in ways that do not undercut what’s the essence of who we are,” the president said before adding insult to injury by essentially saying we should extend the ‘golden rule’ of sorts to terrorists. “That means that we don’t torture, for example, and thereby undermine our values and credibility around the world,” Obama added. “It means that we don’t approach this with a strategy of sending out occupying armies and playing whack-a-mole wherever a terrorist group appears because that drains our economic strength and it puts enormous burdens on our military.”
His statement on the matter sounds much like a parent counseling their child to not let a bully’s words hurt your feelings, a sentiment of ignore it and they will just go away. The problem is these bullies want to and will behead people and desire to decimate America in the name of their religion, and they should be dealt with using force.
Adding to his weak ideas for ways to respond, Obama proposes that the U.S. should go about it “surgically,” to address the specific threat without alienating the majority of Muslims who are peaceful and reject extremism — those who “have embraced a nihilistic, violent, almost medieval interpretation of Islam.”
Tip-toeing around terrorists does not protect our country, nor does pretending that they aren’t a threat and this isn’t a religious war. Their tactics are encouraged by the Quran, and they’re acting in the name of Allah.